Lakeside Refresher: The UCC Women’s Retreat takes place this weekend. It’s not too late to register for the event that features Jennifer Halvorsen Woody as the keynote speaker and Vonda Beerman as the musical guest. For more info and to register go to: http://www.uccsda.org/Women/WomensRetreat2014

Praying for Rogers Elementary School: This week we invite you to join in in praying for another of our schools. This week we’re praying for Rogers Adventist School in College Place, discount diagnosis Wash. Rogers is our largest school and is lead by Clare Thompson. In addition to the 17 teachers, the team is filled out by  a number of part time employees and hourly workers and support staff that keep the school running quite successfully. They’re asking us to specifically pray for children with difficult family situations, teachers with difficult mixes of students, and a full measure of God’s Spirit within their children, parents, teachers and staff.

Blessing the Community: Are you involved in Adventist Community Services or interested in community outreach?  Join Upper Columbia Conference for the Adventist Community Services Fall Federation – two locations:

10-2, Monday, November 10        Upper Columbia Conference, Spokane

10-2, Tuesday, November 11       SonBridge, College Place

Viewfinders Needed: Upper Columbia Academy is excited to have a full yearbook class this year. The flip side of all this student interest means the academy desperately needs more view finders (with cameras attached) to adequately equip their students. If you or someone you know has a high quality digital camera, please consider donating it to UCA. The videography class could use more HD digital video cameras as well. For more information, please contact Tamara Terry at yearbook@ucaa.org or call (509) 245-3698. Your donation is tax deductible.

Looking for Digital Expertise: Pacific Press Publishing Association seeks Seventh-day Adventist for the full time position of Lead Programmer/Analyst to support all Information Technology (IT) software support functions, including problem analysis, design, programming, testing, implementation and training.  Applicants should have bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field and knowledge and experience in industry standard programming language including web development tools, and the ability to lead a team of programmer/analysts. Contact Ms. Alix Mansker, HR Director, PO Box 5353 Nampa ID 83653, 208-465-2567 – ph, 208-465-2531 – fax, alix.mansker@pacificpress.com.

School Girls May Go Free: Islamist militants in Nigeria have agreed to free the more than 200 Christian schoolgirls held captive since April, giving new hope to thousands of Adventists around the world who have prayed for the girls’ release for the past six months. Read the full update from the Adventist Review. http://l.uccsda.org/1CW0M1v

We Decided to Vote: As you may have heard, Adventist leaders decided last week during Annual Council to ask the General Conference session to consider letting divisions decide on ordination. Here is an article that gives a thorough explanation of how the discussion went. http://l.uccsda.org/1w9HgQE

Creation Belief Could  Change: A policy body of the Seventh-day Adventist Church last week voted to adjust the language of a key fundamental belief to emphasize that creation was a “recent” event that took place during “six literal days.” This clarification of our creation belief will be considered by delegates of the 2015 General Conference Session in San Antonio, Texas next July. Read about the discussionhttp://l.uccsda.org/1t544yC

Pastor Goes Free: Sergei Litovchenko, pastor of the Horlivka Seventh-day Adventist Church in eastern Ukraine, has been released and is being reunited with his family after 20 days of detention.Read the official news story. http://l.uccsda.org/1tL7GYA